Mercury 56, Lynx 49
America West Arena
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Tamika Williams leads the league at 67.9% field-goal accuracy, including a 6-for-8 effort on Wednesday.
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The loss drops Minnesota to fourth place in the Western Conference, a half-game behind Seattle (15-11) and one game ahead of Sacramento (14-13).
Phoenix won its first game vs. the Lynx this season (1-2), improving to 6-2 all-time against Minnesota at America West Arena and 9-7 overall
. The teams will meet again on Aug. 20 in Phoenix for the series finale.
Minnesota slipped to 4-8 away from Target Center; the Lynx are 1-5 in their last six road games. Five of the team's seven remaining regular-season games are on the road.
Minnesota coughed up the ball 20 times at Phoenix, the eighth time this season the team has had 20+ turnovers. The Lynx are averaging 18.3 turnovers per game since the All-Star Break.
Phoenix won for the first time this season when it has been outrebounded by its opponent (1-18). The Lynx are now 14-5 when outrebounding their opponent.
Trailing 41-36 with 13:28 left in the game, Phoenix went on a 15-4 run to take a 51-45 lead with 3:42 left in the game.
Forward Tamika Williams
led the Lynx with 12 points, the third time this season she's led the team. She is averaging 10.3 ppg in the last three games, improving her season average to 9.2 ppg. Williams leads the league at 67.9% field-goal accuracy, including a 6-for-8 effort on Wednesday.
After scoring 18 points on Monday against Phoenix, Minnesota forward Sheri Sam
was held scoreless until 6:05 left in the game. She finished the game with 2 points on 1-6 shooting in 23 minutes.
After scoring only two points in the first half, Mercury guard Anna DeForge scored 13 points in the second half to lead the team in scoring with 15. She also grabbed a career-high seven rebounds.